Specialist Database-as-a-Service Offerings added to IBM's Cloud Data Services

This week, IBM announced the acquisition of Compose, Inc., a specialist provider of database-as-a-service (DBaaS) offerings targeted at web and mobile app developers.

The acquisition accelerates IBM's commitment to improving developer productivity and innovation around open source and cloud data services.

The cloud database arena is expected to be worth $14billion by 2019, and open source databases like MongoDB (provided by Compose) are a significant part of this sector. Driving this popularity among developers is the ability to make web and mobile applications easy to build and scalable, without the distraction or monotony of back-end database and systems administration.

Thousands of clients across a variety of industries, including retail, IoT, higher education, marketing services and ecommerce have already created over 100,000 databases with Compose's services.

"Compose's breadth of database offerings will expand IBM's Bluemix platform for the many app developers seeking production-ready databases built on open source," said Derek Schoettle, General Manager, IBM Cloud Data Services. "Compose furthers IBM's commitment to ensuring developers have access to the right tools for the job, by offering the broadest set of DBaaS service and the flexibility of hybrid cloud deployment."

IBM's Cloud Data Services offerings are integrated services for developers that run on the powerful and secure IBM Cloud platform, Bluemix, with highly accessible DevOps support teams. Compose will provide IBM with an enhanced framework to deliver highly sought after, production-ready, cloud database services for developers. IBM's containerised data services approach will also further drive the introduction of new Cloud Data Services offerings.

"By joining IBM, we will have an opportunity to accelerate the development of our database platform and offer even more services and support to developer teams," said Kurt Mackey, Co-Founder and CEO of Compose. "As developers, we know how hard it can be to manage databases at scale, which is exactly why we built Compose - to take that burden off of our customers, and allow them to get back to the engineering they love."

Companies remain desperate to leverage new managed database technologies, but are not always capable of dedicating the budget and resources necessary to acquire database administration expertise. Compose can remove the difficulty and risk associated with setting up, administering, scaling and integrating new DBMS technologies. The acquisition of Compose will continue IBM's dedication to open source technology and communities across the entire cloud stack.